HELL / ETERNAL JUDGMENT
Will hell really last forever? (Greg Morse): Do those in hell suffer eternal conscious punishment? The church throughout its two-thousand-year history has thought so, but many today do not. And we shouldn’t wonder why: this is personal to us. I write keenly aware that the memories of deceased loved ones who departed in apparent unbelief hover over shoulders reading along. What of him? What of her? we wonder. Read more at Desiring God.
Not all sins are the same: Why hell will be worse for some (Scott Hubbard): Although Jesus warns us not to make hasty, simplistic conclusions about who the “worse sinners” are (Luke 13:1–5), he also warns us that some sinners, if they do not repent, will face “the greater condemnation” (Luke 20:47). He teaches that some will receive a comparatively “light beating” on the last day while others will receive a “severe beating” (Luke 12:47–48). He speaks of the final judgment being “more tolerable” for some groups than for others, though both are heading to hell. In short, he tells us that not all sins are the same, and that hell will be worse for some. Read more at Desiring God.
14 reasons church conflicts just keep escalating (Chuck Lawless): Ever wondered why church conflict just keeps growing? Here are some reasons the fires of church conflict often burn out of control quickly. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.
Leading on the emotional plateau (Thom Rainer): While the church leader’s attitude will inevitably filter into the church with time, sometimes the attitude of the church hits pause. No church can sustain peak passion. No church should perpetually stumble in the valley. And most every church—rightly or wrongly—will experience a string of typical weeks, if not months. The collective sentiment of the church can stall between a high and low. And the people of the church may feel as if they’ve paused emotionally. What are some things leaders can do while leading on the plateau? Read more at ThomRainer.com.
12 marks of a spiritually mature believer (Chuck Lawless): Some good marks to ponder about yourself and also those you minister to. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.
Why do we read Scripture? (Andrew Wilson): Why do we read Scripture? What is it that we are trying to achieve as we do? What are the marks of reading it successfully (a horrible word in the context, but you know what I mean)? Here is one wrong answer, and five right ones. Read more at Think Theology.
I shall not be shaken: How God removes our greatest fears (David Mathis): God is able to save us from the fears that threaten us, not only by intervening to guard us from harm’s way, but also by guiding us out of trouble. Knowing God as our Savior — both as refuge and counselor — inspires confidence that, come what may, we have a resource beyond compare. But he is not only our utterly reliable Savior. He is also our sovereign Lord. Read more at Desiring God.